The road to ethics reform in the Georgia General Assembly has always been paved with good intentions, potholes, blind alleys and exit ramps.
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More than 20 years ago, three members of the state Senate and three members of the state House met in conference to work out the details of new lobbyist regulations. Part of the final bill passed, but it is perhaps just as instructive to see where the conferees have wound up:
Then: Senate President Pro Tem, chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee
Then: Assistant floor leader for Gov. Zell Miller
Now: Lobbyist, managing partner of Troutman Sanders Atlanta office, chairman of Troutman Sanders Strategies
Then: Member of the Senate Ethics Committee
Now: Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee
Then: Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee
Now: Former lawyer, served time in prison on 57 counts of theft and forgery, paroled 2011.
Then: Vice chairman of the House Judiciary Committee
Now: Lobbyist/Executive for Phoebe Putney Health System
Then: Secretary of the House Judiciary Committee
Now: Lobbyist, general counsel for GeorgiaLink Public Affairs Group